Similarities and differences in local self-government in Lithuania and Slovakia

Algirdas Astrauskas, Ivana Gecikova

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The paper refers to similarities and differences in the position of local self-government in two countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Lithuania and the Slovak Republic. The results of contribution are based on a system of public administration applied in each country, territorial and administrative division of the countries as well as the basic legal norms governing the status and role of local self-government. In the final part it refers to creating and the competences of individual local self-government bodies and the relationships among them. In terms of the status of local self-government Lithuania belongs to the countries that implemented the consolidation of settlement structure. Performance of local self-government is being implemented through 60 municipalities where the number of inhabitants ranges from 4.400 to 580.000. Slovakia is characterized by high fragmentation of settlement structure (2.890 municipalities) with high proportion of small villages. Each municipality in Slovakia is a separate self-governing unit, where the scope of the population living in them ranges from 11 to 413.192.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-182
JournalAmerican international journal of social science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2014



  • Public administration
  • Administrative-territorial division
  • Local self-government
  • Administrative-territorial unit
  • Competences of municipalities
  • Institutional structure of municipality

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